Trips to Whole Foods wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through the beauty and wellness section. Bar soap is the product that most often catches my eye. I’ve had the pleasure of trying several products from Pacha Soap Co., including their Whipped Soap and Scrub and their Whipped Hand and Body Butter. Spoiler alert: I knew I would love their bar soaps too!
About Pacha Soap Co.
Founded with the intention to spread “goodness around the world,” Pacha Soap Co. offers a variety of beautiful and effective bath and body products. As stated on their website, their mission is multi-pronged:
CREATE: Create prosperity for others and our Earth by practicing transparent and ethical commerce through our supply chain.
SUPPORT: Support clean water initiatives and hygiene education for healthier communities.
INVEST: Invest in communities and people through skill development and entrepreneurial opportunities to establish self-sustaining commerce.
EMPOWER: Instill confidence, strength, and liberate people through economic freedom.
And bonus — your purchase supports clean water initiatives and sustainable ventures in developing nations. While I love Pacha Soap for its products and its ethics, my only question is around their use of sustainably sourced palm oil in their soaps. I’m just beginning to research the environmental implications of palm oil farming and haven’t yet come to a conclusion of how I’d like to respond to this issue; is choosing not to purchase products with palm oil the right answer or is supporting sustainable farming of palm oil a more appropriate response? I would welcome a discussion in the comments!
Pacha Soap Co.’s bars smell great, feel dense, and lather beautifully. They clean but aren’t stripping on my sensitive skin. These bar soaps last between 3 and 4 weeks with daily use. No complaints here.
Pacha Soap Co. offers a number of scents in their collection of bar soap, but some of my favorites include French Lavender, Pocket Full of Cozy, and Clarifying Charcoal. Pacha also comes out with limited edition scents seasonally.
Zero waste! The display at Whole Foods allows you to purchase individual bar soaps that you can put in a reusable bag or the provided recyclable paper bag.
Ingredients vary by bar of soap. Here are ingredients from a couple of scents I’ve purchased in the past.
Pipe Tobacco and Coffee
Organic Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil*, Organic Extra Virgin Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil and/or Organic Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil*, Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sodium Hydroxide**, Unrefined Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil,Santalum Spicata (Sandalwood) Wood Oil,Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil,Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil,Natural Fragrance (Non-synthetic scent derived from essential oils and plant extracts),Ground (Coffee) Coffea Arabica, Carbon (Activated Charcoal Powder)
*Rainforest Alliance Certified™
**Used to saponify oils into soap. None remains in final product.
Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil*, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil* and/or Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sodium Hydroxide**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Natural Fragrance (Non-synthetic scent derived from essential oils and plant extracts),Kaolin (Clay),Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarine, Iron Oxides.
*Rainforest Alliance Certified™
**Used to saponify oils into soap. None remains in final product. Natural colorants are powerful! We recommend using a dark-colored washcloth when using this blend, as the colors may bleed when wet.
As mentioned above, I’m still exploring the implications of palm oil farming and palm oil use. Until I gather enough information to make an informed decision to avoid palm oil, I am choosing to support Pacha Soap Co.
I also want to note that essential oils used for fragrance can be sensitizing and irritating. While I don’t personally have issues with the essential oils used in these products, you may want to steer clear if essential oils don’t work for you.
Overall, I really enjoy these bar soaps and will be repurchasing them. If you’re interested in reading more reviews of bar soaps, check out my review of Wild Lather, Good Soap, Organic Bath Co., and Rose and Water. What bar soap would you like me to review next?
FTC: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased Pacha Soap at Whole Foods. There are affiliate links in this post.